October 31, 2012

Whole Chicken Cooked in Slow Cooker Crockpot

Cook a whole chicken in a Crock Pot and you will never look at your slow cooker the same. It was one of the easiest things I’ve made in in the slow cooker. It’s the perfect final recipe in a our month-long, mouth-watering Crock-tober series, I hope you’ve enjoyed the series as much as I have! Don’t start sobbing in your slow cooker, there will be more Crock Pot recipes. . . I can’t just stop slow cooking, it’s too easy.


Whole roasting chicken, 3-5 pounds

Optional: Olive oil, garlic, paprika, rosemary. . . whatever “extra” flavors you might want.


1.) Take the whole chicken out of the package. Pull out the innards from the chicken cavity (I hate this part, I really do, but I just try to remind myself how much money I’m saving). I cut off any excess fat flaps (gross, but true). Rinse chicken and pat dry with a paper towel.

2.) Place whole chicken breast side down in the slow cooker. If you want to get fancy you can season it. Or not. I decided to drizzle with a little olive oil, sprinkle with salt and rub with minced garlic (two cloves) and fresh chopped rosemary from my yard. Totally optional. Do not add any liquid, it will magically make it’s own.

3.) Turn on low for 7 hours (if you have a smaller bird, maybe 6 hours?)

4.) Stick a fork in it – because it’s done! Mine was falling apart after 7 hours.

I probably should have cooked it more like 6 hours. It should pull from the bone a little to indicate it’s cooked, but if you are at all uncertain, just measure the meat temperature and confirm it’s at least 165 degrees (according to FDA Food Safety website). We ate ours with potatoes and peas. Yum.

Don’t throw the bones out! Throw everything extra back into the slow cooker and make yourself some homemade slow cooker chicken broth while you sleep.


This is the lowest price ever on Amazon for this Crock-Pot SCVT650-PS 6-1/2-Quart Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel – at $62.64 (reg. $119.99).


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  1. Enjoy your site, not only do you put out great deals, but recipes that go along with some of the great deals!! Thanks!

  2. Jessica Kane says

    Would love to win this!

  3. We love whole roasted chicken and I could buy a whole flock of them with $25.00! Recipe sounds delicious!

  4. Brandi bailes says

    I love ur website

  5. I’m so happy I found your website! Thanks for the chance to win! I’ll be following you for all your fabulous tips!

  6. I think I saw that whole fryers are on sale at Fred’s starting Sunday (11/4). This will be on my shopping list!

  7. I love Fred Meyer!

  8. I have been shopping Freddy’s more & more lately

  9. I hate the guts part too, but also love buying a whole chicken…ESP draper valley from QFC. COOL TIP: At any meat department, they will gladly and so quickly take out the guts for you at no charge! They’ll quickly cut it up if you want too!

  10. This chicken sounds so good! Will have to try.

  11. Love this recipe, love cooking in a slow cooker, and love Fred Meyer!

  12. I made the slow cooker chicken broth last night. My husband and I love it. I’m getting ready to make soup with the broth for dinner.

  13. Would love to be entered to win the $25 gift card. I have my slow cooker out and ready; just need the ingredients :0)

  14. slow cooker chicken is yummy!

  15. I would love to win this please, with our whole chickens we usually make a beer butt chicken, always yummy!!!

  16. I usually oven roast my chickens, then pop the carcasses in freezer bags and freeze them until I have three or four… then make one big pot of broth.

  17. I made the slow cooker chicken broth last week. Mine was a little weak in flavor so I boiled it on the stove for about an hour and reduced it by half so it would be a more rich intense flavor. I love it!

  18. Thank you for another fabulous recipe and way to eat healthy and affordable.

  19. Fred Meyer is one of our fav. Thanks for the cooking idea too.

  20. I love Fred Meyer and will enjoy the chicken recipe when I try it. The picture looks so good. I have never thought to put a whole chicken in a crock pot so this will be a first.

  21. Fred Meyer is my favorite one-stop shopping store!

  22. I love the Hawthorne Fred Meyers! and the chicken looks good too!

  23. I love love love my slow cooker. So easy to use and wonderful to come home from work and smell a lovely meal ready and waiting for my family to sit down and enjoy. Thank you for the great inspiration and new recipe ideas! =o)

  24. Melissa A. says

    Looks really good!

  25. Love my crockpot. Chcken smells and taste delicious.

  26. I cook in my crockpot about 2-3 days a week. It makes having a healthy dinner for my family so easy no matter what my days schedule is.

  27. Sounds delicious! We’ll definitely give it a try. Thanks!

  28. Sounds great!

  29. Whole chicken in a crock pot is one of my go to dishes. I love having such a healthy homecooked meal when we all get home from a busy day. 🙂

  30. I just bought a whole chicken 2coop weeks ago, so this recipe will be perfect for it.

  31. i love my crockpot…there is so much i can do with it!!

  32. Thanks so much for the chance to win – I do most of my shopping at Fred Meyer so a giftcard would be very useful!

  33. There is nothing like a fresh baked chicken! Lemon pepper and a little butter….mmmm, good!

  34. I have been enjoying all of your crocktober recipes! Thanks so much for making dinner easy at my house!

  35. Nicole Glines says

    I am truthfully one of the worst cooks out there, and usually screw up most meals. BUT, so far I hace done a few of these crockpot recipes, and all has been good:) I am so gonna do this chicken one, looks even simple to me! This is soooo my fav site, even though I am on the other side of the mountains(Yakima). Love the giveaways too!

  36. Tried two of your slow cooker recipes so far! The baked potato soup was a huge hit with my man!

  37. I do this recipe too. Way too easy.

  38. Melaney Hamby says

    Chickens are delicious.

  39. kathy Maahs says

    Have you ever brined a chicken if not try it wonderful taste and it cooks about 20% faster. Lots of recipes for it but I do 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup salt to 8 cups water, try it.

  40. NWGardener says

    I’m falling more and more in love with my crockpot every recipe!!!

  41. I make my man clean out the cavity of the chicken! LOL He is a good sport!

  42. Jessica Burnham says

    Thank you for the yummy dinner idea!

  43. Thom Coleman says

    great idea,,, great prize

  44. I’m not crazy about putting my hand in a chicken cavity either.

  45. I have loved your crockpot recipes, thanks for another good one!

    • Stephanie Gregson says

      Hi ,
      I have been wanting to start using my crockpot. This recipe looks so easy and yummy. Working full time with a 2year old and 11 year old I Avery busy, and want to provide a good meal for them, I am a faithful shopper at the 176th Puyallup. Fredmeyer ???I do not like Winco
      Thanks for all you do

  46. Mmmmm. Chicken.

  47. Brenda Parson says

    This is easy and yummy!

  48. Brenda Parson says

    I have tired this many times and it IS very easy and yummy!

  49. WOW- so glad you posted this, can not wait to try it. I love my slow cooker, been using it a lot lately 🙂

  50. MMM… We do this with our chickens too! There is NOTHING and I mean NOTHING like a farm-fresh chicken!!!!

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